Happy Book Birthday to “The Tropic of Never: Part One”

Join me in wishing a happy book birthday to Michael James Schneider’s The Tropic of Never: Part One.

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About the Book

When Edgar Locke woke up on a city-sized boat with no memories of his life before, it was a problem. When he searched the ship and met its only residents, hundreds of animals, it was a mystery. But when he started inspecting the huge vessel, what he found was impossible.

The Tropic of Never is available exclusively as a Kindle book. Click here to download the book for $2.99.


Happy (Belated) Book Birthday to “Hanging Our for a Living”

Join me in wishing a happy book birthday to Mark Herdering’s Hanging Out for a Livinga business fable.

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About the Book

Tyler Cirella is having a bad day, a really bad day. This morning his wife, Karen, threatened to leave him for foolishly investing in yet another network-marketing business opportunity. His boss gave him notice that he has thirty days to turn his sales numbers around or he’s out of a job. The crippling migraine headaches that have plagued him for over two years are getting worse. And, on top of his crushing financial troubles, he’s found himself on the hook for a Moroccan teapot that he accidentally damaged at a local tea shop.

In a quiet moment of desperation, Tyler reminisces about a happier time in his life, his high school days, when his after school pastime was hanging out with his friends. “I wish there was a way to make money by hanging out. I wish I could hang out for a living,” he says to himself—or so he thinks. In that moment Tyler encounters a most unlikely mentor, Oscar, a rotund, twenty-five-hundred-year-old Babylonian who resides in the teapot!

For more information on Hanging Out for a Living, visist www.hangingoutforaliving.com.


Get your free copy of “Counting to D” today!

My client Kate Scott is offering copies of her young adult novel, Counting to D, as a free Kindle download today (March 21). Get your copy now by clicking here.

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About the Book

The kids at Sam’s school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That’s what it means to be dyslexic, smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam’s got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight-without being able to read.


A Bit O’ Irish Reading

In honor of this most Irish of days, I thought I’d share three of my favorite Irish-inspired books from past clients: Fiona: Stolen Child, by Gemma Whelan; Call of the Lark, by Maura Mulligan; and Bending the Boyne, by J. S. Dunn.

 About the Books

Fiona: Stolen Child, by Gemma Whelan

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Fiona Clarke, an Irish writer living in New York, has been running away from her past since she left rural Cregora, Ireland, for boarding school. That past finds her, many years later, when her thinly veiled autobiographical novel is optioned for a movie. Working as the film’s consultant, Fiona unearths deep secrets, relives childhood trauma, and connects with an estranged family thrust back into her life. As her history opens upon her, Fiona must stop running and confront her secret shame: her long-held sense of responsibility over the death of her little sister.

For more on this book, visit www.fionastolenchild.com.

Call of the Lark, by Maura Mulligan

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In her memoir, Maura Mulligan takes us behind the walls of a Franciscan convent in the 1960s and brings alive a nun’s story that is both revealing and redemptive. But Call of the Lark is much more. It is also a chronicle of life in rural Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s, a testament to the challenges of emigration to the United States, and a portrait of one woman’s strength and determination to forge a fulfilling life.

Call of the Lark is a gift of strength, comfort, and inspiration to anyone who has ever wrestled with doubts about his or her purpose and direction in lifein other words, to all of us. As musician and author Larry Kirwan writes, “Call of the Lark is a story of redemption that lifts both the heart and soul.”

For more on this book, visit www.mauramulligan.com/CalloftheLark.html.

Bending the Boyne, by J. S. Dunn

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In 2200 BCE, changes rocking the Continent reach Eire with the dawning Bronze Age. Well before any Celts, marauders invade the island seeking copper and gold. The young astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian need all their wits and courage to save their people and their great Boyne mounds, when long bronze knives challenge the native starwatchers. Boann marries the invader Elcmar to stave off war, but enemies cloud her future. Banished to far coasts by Elcmar, Cian discovers how to outwit the invaders at their own game. Tensions on Eire between new and old cultures and between Boann, Elcmar, and her son Aengus, ultimately explode. What emerges from the rubble of battle are the legends of Ireland’s beginnings in a totally new light.

Bending the Boyne draws on 21st century archaeology to show the lasting impact when early metal mining and trade take hold along north Atlantic coasts. Carved megaliths and stunning gold artifacts, from the Pyrenees up to the Boyne, come to life in this researched historical fiction.

For more on this book, visit www.seriouslygoodbooks.net.


Happy Book Birthday to “Caffeinated PDX”

Join me in wishing a happy book birthday to Will Hutchens’ Caffeinated PDX: How Portland Became the Best Coffee City in Americaa book that was an utter delight for me to design.

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About the Book

In Portland, Oregon, coffee is more than just a beverage, it is an essential part of the city’s character. Under oft-gray skies, independent roasters and cafés flourish, providing a wide array of styles and tastes for discerning Portlanders to choose from. The celebrated Portland coffee culture attracts visitors from around the world, who come to explore the diverse options and find inspiration for bringing great coffee to their own cities.

In Caffeinated PDX: How Portland became the Best Coffee City in America, author Will Hutchens tells the stories of the people and companies that pushed Portland to the forefront of the specialty coffee scene. He travels around the city, talking to a wide variety of coffee professionals and capturing their passion for roasting, selling, and brewing some of the finest coffees in the world. He attends cuppings, goes to barista school, and volunteers at barista competitions to better understand what’s so special about specialty coffee. Using Portland as the model, Hutchens also explains the phenomenon known as third-wave coffee, a worldwide movement to improve coffee quality from origin to cup.

Full of anecdotes and insights into the minds of Portland’s coffee leaders, as well as some lesser-known personalities, Caffeinated PDX is an enjoyable read for people who love coffee, for people who love Portland, or for anyone who appreciates a good story.

Get a Discount!
If you order the book through caffeinatedpdx.com in the next 10 days, you can get it for 15 percent off. On the checkout page, enter the code VKBMAR2014 in the Coupons box. The discount will be available until March 20th at 11:59pm.


Happy Book Birthday to “I Am Not a Poet”

Happy Book Birthday to I Am Not a Poet

~OR~

Why I Really Want You to Buy This Book.

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Cover art by Chris Haberman.

I am alwasy happy to announce the release of books I worked on, but I’m  ecstatic to announce the release of I Am Not a Poet: 15 Years of Street Roots Poetry & ArtThis is not just another book project to me. This is a passion project. All of the time I spent on this book was volunteer time. I’m not making a penny off of this book, and I don’t want to. Why? Because that’s not the point of this anthology.  The point of this anthology is to give voice to those experiencing homelessness and poverty. All proceeds from the sale of this book go directly to Street Roots, Portland’s flagship newspaper addressing homelessness and poverty.

I have been a volunteer copyeditor for Street Roots  for almost two years now. In that time, I’ve been changed (for the better) by my close examination of the articles it publishes. No feature in the paper, however, tugs at my heart strings as much as the poetry does. The poems in the paper are written primarily by  those experiencing homelessness. They offer a humanizing voice to economic and social problems we often forget impact real lives.  I Am Not a Poet is a collection of the best poems from Street Roots’ first fifteen years of publication.

I really want you to buy it.

Scratch that. I really want you to READ it. And so does Street Roots. So much so that we’re making it possible for you to pay nothing for the e-version of the book (though we’re happy to take donations).

Here’s where you can buy the book:

The print version ($16.00) is available through all major online retailers. But we encourage you to support your local independent bookstores by ordering it there. For those living in Portland, Oregon, the book is currently available at Reading Frenzy. Broadway Books, and on Powells.com.

The e-version (pay what you want, even nothing) is available for download at Gumroad.com. You have two options:

  1. I Am Not a Poet Kindle version: https://gumroad.com/l/ianapkindle
  2. I Am Not a Poet EPUB version: https://gumroad.com/l/ianapepub (EPUB is a format for non-Kindle devices and apps, such as iBooks and Nook)

More information about  the book, including ordering links and media info, can be found at iamnotapoet.org.

What are you waiting for? Go get your copy!

 


Happy Book Birthday to “Counting to D”

Join me in wishing a happy book birthday to my client Kate Scott’s debut young adult novel,  Counting to D.

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About the book: The kids at Sam’s school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That’s what it means to be dyslexic: smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam’s got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight—without being able to read.

Counting to D is available as a paperback thought all major book retailers and as a Kindle book through Amazon.

Website: http://www.elliottbookspublishingcompany.com/p/books.html


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